Ames Hawkins

Ames Hawkins - Columbia College Chicago

Ames Hawkins

Associate Provost for Faculty Research and Development
Associate Professor


Ames Hawkins is the Associate Provost for Faculty Research and Development and an Associate Professor in the English & Creative Writing Department. Ames has taught courses in First Year Experience ("Big Chicago"), First Year Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Cultural Studies, and Literature. A multimodal composer who uses writing and art to explore the interstices of alphabetic text, image, and sound, Ames theorizes the power and pleasure of queer(ing) form. Her recent work makes contributions to the larger conversations regarding multimodal composing, socially engaged practice, collaboration, queer literary nonfiction, and creative process as research methodology. Ames’s creative-critical scholarship appears in a number of edited volumes as well as across a range of academic and literary publications—both print and online—such as enculturation, Computers and Composition Online, Slag Glass City, The Feminist Wire, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Water~Stone Review. Ames served as contributor, curator, and co-editor of the Lambda Literary Foundations 25th Anniversary eBook Collection, 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary Authors and Those They Inspired. Ames is currently working on the installation/book project, These Are Love(d) Letters, and is co-host and co-producer of Masters of Text (, a scholarly podcast exploring alternative alphabetic texts and creative-critical scholarship.Her online portfolio can be found at Ames holds a Bachelor's Degree in American Culture from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a PhD in English from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Instructional Areas

Socially Engaged Practice, Queer/Trans Studies, Cultural Theories, Creative Nonfiction, Writing and Rhetoric

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Creative-Critical Scholarship, Multimodal Composing, Art Activism, Collaboration, Audio Texts/Soundwriting, Letter Writing/Epistolary Forms, Transgenre Writing/Queer Writing/Transpoetics, Cultural Rhetorics


B.A., American Culture University of Michigan 1990
M.A., Popular Culture Bowling Green State University 1992
Ph.D., English Wayne State University 2001